"I'm particularly impressed with the fact that this book unifies the entire field of autoimmunity and explains the common thread running through everything from Graves' disease to endometriosis."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"A truly remarkable book that covers the full spectrum of autoimmunity, and the myriad of ways it influences the ...

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"I'm particularly impressed with the fact that this book unifies the entire field of autoimmunity and explains the common thread running through everything from Graves' disease to endometriosis."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"A truly remarkable book that covers the full spectrum of autoimmunity, and the myriad of ways it influences the lives of women."
--John H. Klippel, M.D., Medical Director, Arthritis Foundation

Autoimmune diseases affect some fifty million Americans, 75 percent of whom are women. In the first-ever book of its kind, Jill P. Buyon, M.D., and women's-health specialist Rita Baron-Faust teach us what we need to know to identify, understand, and treat what they call "the intimate enemy."

You'll learn:

  • Which tests you might need and how to obtain a correct diagnosis

  • Early signs and symptoms and how to sort out vague and unrelated symptoms

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about fertility and pregnancy

  • How autoimmune disorders and their treatments can affect you at different stages of life

  • Expert advice on getting the latest treatments, finding a specialist, and navigating the health-care system

  • What science and medicine have to offer for treatments, new therapies, and more

With The Autoimmune Connection, you'll be armed with the expertise of two of the field's most qualified authorities and the latest from the medical specialists at the institutions leading the way in investigating these diseases.

"The common threads that connect the autoimmune diseases are woven throughout this important book, enabling readers to obtain a greater understanding of these illnesses individually and collectively. Together with new information contained in this volume about diagnostic and treatment advances, patients (and their families) will be better able to cope with these diseases and . . . get on with their lives."
--From the Introduction

Many people have struggled with various chronic illnesses, going to doctor after doctor and being diagnosed with a wide variety of ailments. But all too often the symptoms remain elusive and don't lend themselves to a clear diagnosis.

These symptoms often point to a set of diseases known as autoimmune disorders. A wide array of conditions, these disorders create a state where the body's defense system, originally designed to kill germs and disease, attack healthy tissue. The resulting conditions cover a wide range of illnesses, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, Graves' disease, and multiple sclerosis, among many others.

Seventy-five percent of autoimmune disease sufferers are women. But although these diseases represent the third largest cause of chronic illness among American women and are among the top ten leading causes of death in American women sixty-five and under, the true nature of these illnesses has long been shrouded in misunderstandings and ignorance on the part of the medical community. Until now.

Now there is hope, with The Autoimmune Connection. In this invaluable text, Jill M. Buyon, M.D., and Rita Baron-Faust explain the nature of the various autoimmune disorders. With help from a host of medical experts, they provide vital information in the fight for better health. They explore the genetic predisposition many families have towards these disorders and how early knowledge can facilitate treatment. They also explain the intricacies of the immune system and how they can go awry, as well as going into important detail on the specific kinds of autoimmune disorders.

Sources, self-help, special treatment centers, and other important resources are also provided to give support and paths to more efficient treatment. With expert information and compassionate guidance, the authors give you the information to help you take more control of these sometimes-mysterious illnesses and create a life of optimal health.

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Editorial Reviews

Christian Library Journal
These disorders can pose unique treatment challenges for women, and the up-to-date information provided here will be welcome in most women's health collections.
— (Library Journal, February 2003)
From The Critics
...provides valuable information on managing one's own disorder, lists treatments and possible new ways to alter immune responses, and cites ways that autoimmune diseases can vary at different ages... The authors also sound some hopeful notes.
Library Journal
Diagnosed with hypothyroidism over 20 years ago, veteran medical writer Baron-Faust (Being Female) vowed to write a book on the broad spectrum of autoimmune diseases that uniquely affect women, owing to the interplay of the immune system and hormones. Coauthored with distinguished New York rheumatologist Buyon, her comprehensive guide covers some 20 diseases, including autoimmune hepatitis, myasthenia gravis, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, vasculitis, and premature ovarian failure. It also addresses in a single chapter some disorders that often "travel" with autoimmune diseases (e.g., chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and endometriosis), which can further downgrade a patient's quality of life. Each chapter includes signs, diagnosis/tests, current and future treatments, and the female factor, e.g., how female hormones, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause affect the course of the disease. Included are patient stories to illustrate how perplexing these diseases can be to diagnose and treat. The final chapter offers suggestions on the specialists who typically treat each disorder and ways to become an empowered patient. Pointedly, the authors have chosen not to discuss complementary or alternative medicine approaches but do caution those considering such therapies to proceed with care. Although the authors include a five-page list of contributors who "provided peer review on the rapidly evolving subject of women and autoimmunity" and frequently discuss studies from medical journals, they offer no exact citations either as footnotes or as a reference list for further consultation. Still, these disorders can pose unique treatment challenges for women, and the up-to-date information provided here will be welcome in most women's health collections.-Lisa McCormick, Jewish Hosp., Cincinnati Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071425513
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 620,401
  • File size: 795 KB

Meet the Author

Jill M. Buyon, M.D., is founder and director of the Lupus Clinic at the prestigious Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City and a professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. She lives in New York City.

Rita Baron-Faust is the author of five books on women's health. She serves on the board of the American Autoimmune and Related Diseases Association. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

The Autoimmune Connection
Foreword by Viginia T. Ladd, President, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
Introduction: A New View of Autoimmunity by Noel R. Rose, MD, Ph.D.
1. Autoimmune Disease--Facing Our Intimate Enemy
2. Those Aching Joints--Rheumatoid Arthritis
3. The Shadow of the Wof--Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
4. The Elusive Butterfly Gland--Thyroid Disease
5. The Body Snatchers--Scleroderma and Autoimmune Skin Disorders
6. More Than a Dry Spell--Schleroderma and Autoimmune Kins Disorders
7. Vanishing Hormones --Type 1 Diabetes, Premature Ovarian Failure, and Other Endocrine Problems
8. Tough to Digest--Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), Celiac Disease, and Pernicious Anemia
9. An Attack of Nerves--Multiple Sclerosis
10. Weak in the Knees--Myasthenia Gravis
11. A Fury in the Blood--Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura, and Vasculitis
12. Assault on the Liver--Autoimmune Hepatitis and Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
13. Mysterious Fellow Travelers--Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Endometriosis, and Interstitial Cystitis
14. Navigating the Medical Maze
Afterword: Where the Future May Take Us by Denise L. Faustman, MD, Ph.D.
Appendix A: Where to Go for Help--Information and Support Groups
Appendix B: Recommended Reading
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